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Solving pollution from space

Arwen Sommer

The 2019 New Zealand Aerospace challenge is looking for teams to solve worldwide agricultural issues.

Can New Zealand solve pollution from space?

An interview with Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom, Co-founder of Spacebase, about the 2019 Aerospace Challenge

The event is open to everyone from high school students to tech giants who want to make use of space technology. The aim is to develop a product or service that detects, monitors or measures water or soil pollution using the very latest satellite and unmanned aircraft technology.

Event delivery partner Spacebase are running a roadshow around New Zealand to find teams to participate.

Eric Dahlstrom, Co-founder of Spacebase, says the goal of the challenge is “to get these ideas that are out there in New Zealand and get them developed into workable products and services that can solve problems around the world.”

20 applicants will be part of an incubator program, then up to 10 finalists will participate in the final demo and pitch sessions in Christchurch on 17 and 18 October 2019 where the winning team will be announced. The winning team will get a cash prize of NZ$30,000 and support to help them continue as a business.

Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom, Co-founder of Spacebase says, “It will have global impact; we are thinking about a problem in pollution that is worldwide.”

Applications for the first stage of the challenge close April 30th.